Crowns and Bridges
A crown is a protective cover or cap placed over a badly decayed, root-canal treated or heavily broken-down tooth. It also enhances the strength of the tooth. If the major part of the tooth is missing, then the crown is the best solution for it. By placing the crown, a tooth can function normally again.
A bridge is a special kind of dental prosthesis to replace one or more missing teeth. The artificial teeth are supported by existing adjacent teeth known as abutments.
A crown that will replicate the missing tooth or teeth is joined to crowns made to fit over the neighboring teeth. This creates the ‘bridge’ support that fills the gap in your mouth.
Metal crowns are long term and the durable solution. The gold crowns in these are the most used and bonds well with the tooth. These can even withstand hard chewing forces and biting. Being stronger they last longer and do not wear down easily. The only drawback is that they are visible from a distance hence, suitable only for molars.
In this type the inside of the teeth is made up of metal and the outer portion of the crown is made of porcelain. As a result of this, this type has a dual advantage; metal which provides strength, and porcelain which matches with the color of the teeth, making it look like natural teeth.
Ceramic crowns are the best option for the teeth which are on the front, back and even for the bridges. If you do not want to have metal inserted inside your mouth but want the strength to match metal crowns, then ceramic crowns are the best option available. It is strong and blends with your tooth color making it unnoticed.
Avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent chipping and fracture of prostheses, and also regular check-up (once every 6 months) is recommended.
They are long lasting but it is possible for the crown to be damaged due to wear and tear. Your attending dentist will check them during your routine dental visits. X rays may be needed to check for possible decay between the crown and tooth interface over time.
Dental crowns may be more expensive than fillings, but they have the advantage of actually lasting longer as well. At My Dentist, we ensure that our patients always get the best quality and value for their money.